Grant Williams: Tools
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This area is not a strength for Williams. He lacks explosiveness, and his speed in the open court is a bit lackluster. He spends a lot of time in the trailer position or as the secondary cutter in transition. He plays with a high motor, which covers up this weakness in most situations, but the quicker pace of the NBA may prove problematic at times. More of a technician than a speed racer, he will likely feel more comfortable methodically working for a good shot than racing his opponents up and down the floor.
Though not overly quick, Williams has good feet and positions himself well which enables him to react quickly on the defensive end. On offense he displays excellent agility in the post, consistently creating space from defenders with his spin move. While his agility isn't going to set him apart from the pack he applies it well, first lulling defenders to sleep and then using his first-step quickness and sizable frame to create scoring advantages.
Not the most explosive leaper, Williams lacks pop off one foot but is able to get up off two feet. On offense he is typically a below-the-rim player except in select instances of finishing off movement. When he has a running start as a cutter, or in transition defense, his frame makes him a load to handle when jumping at the rim. On defense he can challenge shots effectively when he is set. His second jump is below average, a problem which is exacerbated by the fact that he is only 6'7”.
Williams displays strong body control on both ends of the court. He is able to challenge shots without fouling on defense, relying on his length and strength. He is disciplined and able to stay down and rely on his lower body strength to prevent him from being moved off his spot. On offense, his body control is evident in the smooth execution of his array of post moves, particularly his measured steps in his go-to spin move.
Williams is 6’7” tall with an extremely strong 236-pound frame. This strength will enable him to play up to the four-spot in the NBA despite not having the height and length typically associated with that position. He projects to be a forward, though as the league plays a more wing-oriented style of basketball he will be able to play as a big for stretches against smaller lineups. Tennessee's players have all shown significant strength and conditioning growth over the past two seasons, a testament to their training staff.